City concludes hearings on 2015 exec budget PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:00

The City Finance Committee concluded Monday its two-week marathon hearings on the 2015 executive budget which is approximately P2.4 billion.

Mayor Beng Climaco said the hearings started July 21 in preparation for the budget’s submission to the City Council.

Of the total proposed budget, 41 percent will go to social services; 31 percent economic services and 28% will be for general public services.

City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Rodrigo Sicat said the proposed 2015 budget will include opening of new roads connecting Nuñez to Gov. Ramos and Veterans Avenue way up to Talon-talon Loop.

The proposed road projects are intended to minimize if not totally eradicate congestion in major intersections of Gov. Camins, Tugbungan and Talon-talon road.

Sicat said construction of the Police Cental Building and a Crime Laboratory facility at the Zambagora property are also included in the proposed budget. “The crime lab facility will help hasten investigation and identification of assailants in as much as there is queuing for crime lab analysis at the Camp Abendan facility.”

“We have also identified projects that shall rehabilitate our islands, roads and parks but we will sit down to discuss this further including the rehabilitation of the Sunken Garden and center islands in major streets downtown.

The Finance Committee has also talked initially on the staffing pattern for the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) which is expected to be fully operationalized in 2015. — Juseph G. Elas (WMSU-OJT)